Questions you can ask
What do you like doing?
What sort of hobbies do you have?
What do you get up to in your free time?
How to reply
In my free time I…
When I have some spare time I…
When I get the time, I…
I relax by (watching TV)
I'm interested in (+ noun / gerund)
I'm keen on (+ noun / gerund)
I'm into (+ noun / gerund)
I enjoy (+ noun / gerund)
You can add "really" or "quite" after "I'm…" for emphasis.
"I'm really keen on football."
Giving a longer reply
You can add more details about your hobbies and interests:
I like arts and crafts. I'm a creative / practical person, and like doing things with my hands.
I'm an outgoing person, and like socialising / hanging out with friends.
I enjoy being physically active, and spend a lot of time playing sports and team games.
Saying why you like your hobby
You can also explain why you spend time on your hobby to make the conversation longer and more interesting.
I really enjoy going to the gym because
…it keeps me fit.
…it gets me out of the house, you know!
…it's sociable. I've met lots of new people.
…it gives me something interesting to do with my time.
…it's not very expensive, and anyone can do it!
More words that you can use to describe your hobbies:
Like doing vs like to do
We use like + gerund (ing form) to talk about general likes:
I like fishing.
We use like + infinitive to talk about more specific likes:
I like to go fishing at the weekend.
Talk about your hobbies, using these phrases and words above